In Lynne Collins’ stunning photo montages, nature reinvents dying buildings and rich scenes of life clash with peeling wallpaper and rotting floors. The abandoned spaces are shown in a way they’ve never been seen before – interspersed with extravagant foods and looming foliage to create hauntingly beautiful images which are entirely unique.
In her series entitled ‘The Trespasser’, Collins imposes still lifes of rich food and wine onto the scenes of decay, taking her inspiration from seventeenth century Dutch masters. The still lifes are abandoned images themselves, standing out starkly from the bleak and derelict buildings. Making a statement about over-consumption and wastefulness, the series of pictures (shot in abandoned mental asylums) are also beautifully eerie, often featuring large empty halls and corridors which seem to go on forever behind the arrangements of food and flowers.
The ‘Edge of Perception’ series transforms the abandoned spaces into surreal scenes of light and life. Rather than nature appearing to reclaim the land, the trees which burst from the floor seem to become extensions of the buildings themselves. In this collection, Collins has taken the documentation of abandoned buildings and gone somewhere new with it – a world which might have been; a different dimension to our own.
Burnt Rooms is about a personal fear. As a small child of four Seeing the flames from a chip pan reach the ceiling. At the age of seven the hall of her boarding school set alight by an old upright paraffin heater, knocked over by running children, the whole of the floor was alight and in flames in seconds.
None of the rooms photographed are in any way personal to Lynne but the fear is exorcized by the visit to sites that have almost burnt to the ground and a certain beauty has been found in the remnants of burnt timbers.
Memories and dreams These images are a collection of a few black and white photographs that have been laid on top of one another to create an altered landscape, which represents time spent in an area. Memories are often of a whole area where we either enjoyed spending our time or where something eventful took place. In our mind these can, over time become more a feeling about an area and our mind produces an overall picture. This series of 6 images record the artists memory of time spent in the Peak District national park. The images have been tinted to represent a distant memory of colour. Their altered state is intended to give a dream like quality where colour is not remembered as in dreams where colour does not seem to play any major part.
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